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Aleksandra Polak

About Aleksandra Polak

Aleksandra Polak works at the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Warsaw. She graduated from the College of Europe (MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies), the University of Sussex (MA in Global Political Economy) and the University of Warsaw (BA in Philosophy and BA in European Studies). She gained experience at the Polish Institute of the Foreign Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw, the Centre d’étude de la vie politique in Brussels, the Polish MFA (European Union Economic Department) and the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU in Brussels. Her focus is EU governance, European social policies and economic inequality, socially inclusive and sustainable growth, EU macroeconomic coordination.

Will a Two-speed European Union Side-line the Visegrad Four?

During the summit marking the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty, in December 2016, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, called for a move forward with a two-speed Europe and also for the creation of a different orbit for those EU Member States who do not wish to take part in all facets of EU integration. If implemented, this approach will have far-reaching consequences for the CEE region, especially for the countries of the Visegrad group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), which could effectively be side-lined in a two-speed Europe. Continue reading Will a Two-speed European Union Side-line the Visegrad Four?